MUST READ!!! MEDIA IMPRESARIO CRAIG GLAZER CONSIDERS KANSAS CITY RACIAL POLITICS AND PLAZA PROBLEMS!!!
TKC NOTE: Tonight we're featuring controversial writing from Craig Glazer on the topic of Kansas City's ongoing problem with violent teen flash mobs at or around the Country Club Plaza. It's appropriate to consider Craig's take on the subject given his vast entertainment industry experience along with the fact that AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS have generously provided BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS on the subject for years. Now, check Craig's take . . .
There’s Good and Bad in All of Us
Nationally, we have the now less than urgent problem in Syria. In Washington, we had yet another mass shooting. On the local front, all the water cooler talk is about black unrest, flash mob violence on the Country Club Plaza. This is all mixed in with ‘Will the Chiefs beat the Eagles Thursday night and go to 3 and 0?’
We’ve discussed the black issue several times. I’m going to speak frankly as always and pull no punches. When I think of three of my closest friends on Earth, three people come to mind. My former room-mate and pal Ted McKnight, a former Chief; comedy Legend Jimmy ‘JJ’ Walker who was kind enough to mention me in his book and give me a thank you; and Michael Winslow and his entire family, he of Police Academy fame. My family and the Winslow’s even went on an international cruise together a couple of years ago. I’ve hung out with these guys for around 20 years each, not only here in Kansas City, but in Los Angeles and Las Vegas as well. So yes, it pains me when I see the constant bad behavior by American black young people on a constant basis.
This past weekend on the Plaza was yet another example of the disconnect between blacks and whites in America today. Police stood ready last weekend on the Plaza to engage large crowds of relatively young blacks who were mostly attending entertainment venues at the Plaza movie theater. It’s another lesson to upscale shopping and entertainment districts as to what not to do to keep the area peaceful and safe. In fact, just a few days before a Mid-town theater decided to have a hip-hop/rap singer put on a performance. That too ended in an ugly scene when the headline rapper no-showed leaving an audience outside the theater screaming and yelling and causing a scene where the police had to be called to break up the disturbance en masse.
This is a fair statement: wherever there are large crowds of relatively young African-Americans; be it a nightclub, entertainment event, outdoor event, the list goes on; you can almost count on misbehavior and violence. This is especially true when these events are held outside of the urban neighborhoods such as the Plaza or the NBA All Star game in Las Vegas. A recent example of outrageous behavior certainly include the NBA All Star game in Vegas a couple years ago complete with shootings, stabbings, beatings and destruction of hotel rooms, the violence even boiled over into a Vegas strip club where a black youth shot his Latino rival; the behavior was so bad that Mayor Oscar Goodman went public with ‘No more NBA All Star Games and Vegas was no longer interested in having it’s own NBA franchise’. To put an exclamation on the bad behavior, a local Denny’s (which is a twenty four hour restaurant) closed early to avoid problems, something they hadn’t done in forty years.
Why is the behavior so awful? First off, young black people are very uncomfortable outside of their neighborhood hangouts and gathering areas. They are intimidated by white people who they feel are judging their every word and action. They feel they are being looked down upon, thus brings deep hurtful feelings and anger. Add this to the fact that most blacks think all white people have more than them to begin with and live better lives in general and yeah, they are pissed off. Once the black crowd becomes large enough and they feel they have the numbers, it’s on. The black crowds have dealt with the police many times in similar circumstances and know that their bad behavior will only result in pepper spray, a potential night in jail and perhaps a physical altercation with a police officer which they think is cool. They are well aware what they are about to do or are doing will upset their white neighbor, that it will be in the news or on television. They look at all three as victories. It is the group’s intention to not only show off but to scare you off. They just think they are getting even with White America. There is no end in sight. You may cheer your favorite pro athlete while he wears your city’s uniform, you may even want to go up and slap him on the back, shake his hand and get his autograph, however, when it’s late at night and you see that same black athlete coming down the sidewalk with his crew at Power & Light, you get the hell out of the way.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, white people are scared to death of black people and black people for the most part hate white people.
More than ten years ago I met with Kansas City Missouri Police Chief Jim Corwin, it was a very private meeting of just the Police Chief, myself and Westport Merchant leader Bill Nigro. Jim knew that Bill and I had the best background for the Westport area and it’s problems with blacks late at night. I told the Chief the only answer there was for the short term; you have to set up squad cars beginning around thirty-second and broadway every couple of streets and redirect cars that have young black males and females in them to go east and not to the Westport or Plaza area. This would be Friday and Saturday nights only and in warm weather. If there is any suspicion at all, check ID’s, search cars and enforce outstanding warrants. The result is they will call each other and tell each other not to come down here, cops are everywhere and are onto us. Naturally this would not apply to adult blacks on their way out to dinner, or to shop or do something else…just to the party crowd. Much like profiling at an airport, people may not like it but it works. This is a terrible solution but it’s the only one that’s safe for both sides. Corwin agreed but said he could not comply for political reasons. I explained there really is no strong black leadership in Kansas City to oppose such action. Mayor Sly James clearly has no sway with young, black Kansas Citians. To them, he’s just a black white guy with a lot of money who doesn’t feel their pain.
There is one other answer, that is to simply eliminate entertainment for young black Americans in places like the Plaza, Westport and Sprint Center. Proof of that example would be Westport, they eliminated hip hop and rap nightclubs just over a year ago which dropped the black late night attendance down dramatically and their business is way up.
I know these are harsh words but it’s just the way it is right now. Yes, better education and a stronger economy in the black community and some warm fuzzies between whites and blacks would help cure the problem nationwide. More sadly, the bulk of the black community does not respond to this clear path to fixing the problem.
We’ve come a long way in America. The Black Community and African Americans are as much the backbone of our military and economy as anyone else. Some of the greatest Americans in the political, entertainment, and educational arenas are African-American. There are great lawyers and doctors who are black. The problem is there just aren’t enough people of color in these areas. It is so unfair to the hard working black American who is law abiding and well meaning to have to watch the news at night and see the yellow tape at the end of black on black crime, violence and homicide.
The real answer is this, it’s going to take decades more for blacks and whites to come together in America. I believe it will happen, especially with more inter-racial marriages and even the recent acceptance by the media of black women being sex symbols, i.e. Rhianna, Beyonce, etc. Today more than ever people of color nearly dominate national television in commercials, you see more and more advertising being aimed at the black American consumer, and blacks lead the way in entertainment and sports in this country. It’s getting better very slowly. The President of the United States, Barrack Obama is black, he was elected by a majority of white voters. I think that more than counts for something.